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Do I like you? Opinion set in milliseconds Scientist have decoded brain processes associated with the subconscious evaluation of social groups. Humans assess each other within milliseconds, deciding whether someone is likeable or not. Researchers have discovered the subconscious processes in the brain and the order in which they occur that determine how humans process social information such as likability or antipathy.
When Mom Makes You Feel Invisible Unloved daughters share many common experiences but there are also meaningful differences. How a mother treats her daughter directly shapes her sense of self—her mother’s face is a daughter’s first … ...
Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction   Prescription drug abuse is on the rise and many more people are finding themselves with an addiction to those prescripton drugs. Think about how you feel when you’re in … ...
Flattery or Objectification? Turning people into sex objects is one of the specialties of our species. — Camille Paglia Down the block from my psychotherapy office is a pizzeria. A few years ago, prior to it being a food eatery, it was a haven for pornography and peep … ...
Best of Our Blogs: February 23, 2016 There is a mistake people often make that prevents them from growing, moving on and being truly happy. If you get stuck when facing a challenge and can’t take it when you hear fair, but critical feedback, you’re probably one of those people. The difference is how … ...
How Stress Can Damage the Brain Stress, partly because it activates cortisol, can have damaging effects on the brain. Why is this?
Is Love the Most Powerful Medicine? In one of the studies, half of a large group of students with the earliest signs of a cold went to Karmu, the healer. The other half were treated at … ...
Isolation Isolation is a relief, But it’s also a curse, The curse of my life Spending years in bed, Away from the evil, But also away from the love, Of those … ...
Stroke patients' speech loss linked to loss of brain interconnections When brain regions that control speech and reading comprehension are destroyed due to blockage of blood flow, patients are often unable to speak or comprehend spoken or written language. These difficulties with language, or 'aphasia,' are a common symptom in the aftermath of stroke. However, in a new study, researchers report that damage to the underlying connections among different areas of the brain can also affect the severity of aphasia.
#187 A Treatment of Sexual Addiction simon via Compfight Remember Charlie, a man in his early fifties who entered treatment after breaking up with a woman for whom he cared deeply. He had been married twice … ...
The Invisible Cage Of Abuse: Protection Or Jailer? During an experience of abuse, your resourceful young self used coping strategies to try and protect yourself from the pain. These behaviors served you at the time. They were your … ...
Longer, intense rehabilitation boosts recovery after brain injury Cognitive and functional recovery after a stroke or traumatic injury requires intense rehabilitative therapy to help the brain repair and restructure itself. New findings by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that not only is rehabilitation vital – in an animal model, rats with cortical injury that did not receive [...]
Parental anxiety and depression linked to pre-schoolers’ fussy eating Parental anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy and before their child starts school is linked to a heightened risk of that child becoming a ‘fussy’ eater, finds research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. The associations were evident for mums at both time periods, but just during the pre-school period for dads, the [...]
Running to Reflect There are a lot of good reasons to exercise. It makes you healthier. It feels good. It relieves some of the guilt about what happened with you and that carton … ...
Circadian clock gene may be the biological link between mood and sleep If you pull an all-nighter or stay up late to binge watch Game of Thrones, you will probably be grumpy the next day. But if you don’t get enough sleep for weeks or months on end, you may develop depression or other lasting mood problems, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers have now discovered [...]
Some distractions while driving are more risky than others, researchers say Drivers more than double their crash risk for more than half of their trips when they choose to engage in distracting activities, according to Virginia Tech Transportation Institute researchers writing in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using or reaching for a handheld cell phone, reading or writing, reaching for a non-cell [...]
Significant new study shows importance of help for childhood sexual abuse victims While the sexual abuse of children is currently an issue at the forefront of public life, concern has focused on the protection of children and the identification of perpetrators. However, a new study by the Universities of Bristol and Durham for the NSPCC, hopes to refocus attention on what can be done to help the [...]
Scientists use electrical neuroimaging to reveal the mental processes behind prejudice We do not always say what we think: we like to hide certain prejudices, sometimes even from ourselves. But unconscious prejudices become visible with tests, because we need a longer time if we must associate unpleasant things with positive terms. Researchers in Bern now show that additional processes in the brain are not responsible for [...]
Squirm with purpose: Research shows fidgeting is helpful for kids with ADHD Teachers have long struggled to get children to sit still at their desks. But for children with ADHD, those orders might be counterproductive. That’s the research focus of Florida State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Kofler, who is developing new, non-medication treatments for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). New research by Kofler at FSU’s [...]
The psychology of your ‘ideal’ body — and why you want it so bad A 2011 British survey found 12% of women would give up two to ten years of their lives just to be their ideal weight, while 29% of men think about their appearance at least five times a day. So what makes an ideal body, and why do we want one so badly? A good place [...]